Hering Questions on Test

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We the students of Ms. Kristina Hering's class believe that Ms. Hering should answer questions on her chemistry tests.

Ms. Hering's Reasoning:

  • They do not answer questions for you on the AP exam.
  • You need to be able to interpret questions without asking questions on the AP exam, and I'm giving you this skill.

Our counterarguments:

  • Honors Chemistry and Chemistry are not AP courses and do not need to prepare us for an AP exam.
  • AP exam questions are reviewed for clarity by professionals, but mistakes and vagueness have been known to be present on the Honors Chemistry and Chemistry tests.
  • In Honors Chemistry, the goal is to understand the concept. However, if one does not understand a question but understands the concept, the goal changes to being able to interpret a possibly obscurely-worded question.
  • Many students can testify to the effect that, if a question is worded in a way that unreasonably challenges a student to interpret it, therefore removing testing the concept, the teacher will answer questions instead of turning them or telling them that they are overthinking the problem.
  • Bright students in Ms. Hering's class have been known to misinterpret questions, not due to the fact that they wouldn't have known the answer if the question was worded in a clear way, but that the obscurity or bad wording of the question was what caused them to lose the point.
  • Additionally, the students can testify to the effect that, by asking questions, we are not just trying extract any answers but have the question told in a better, less obscure way with better wording.

If you agree with these points and wish for Ms. Hering to answer questions on the test, please sign your name on this electronic petition.

If you have any questions about this petition or our purpose or have any editing suggestions, please email makeheringanswer@gmail.com

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